Writing Archive

Map of the Day: Oil Fields Now Open for Exploration

[Source: New York Times]
Does President Obama’s call to authorize oil exploration off the Southern coast and in Alaska help him in those states?  Marginally. Maybe in Virginia and Alaska; probably not in Florida.
Does it help him nationally with voters? Most definitely.

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The Week in Political Geography: Land of Lincoln

Politico’s new election maps page with Governor, Senate and House maps form 2000-2010. Illinois primary results.
Gallup: Only 5 Republican states [Daily Kos]
N.C.’s shifting electoral map [Salisbury Post (N.C.)]
Michigan’s Blueprint for America [National Review Online]
The 2010 Census: New Demographics, New Approach [Ad Age]
Republican 2012 Convention Short List: Tampa, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston [The Electoral [...]

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The Week in Political Geography:

Politico’s new election maps page with Governor, Senate and House maps form 2000-2010. Illinois primary results.
Gallup: Only 5 Republican states [Daily Kos]
N.C.’s shifting electoral map [Salisbury Post (N.C.)]
Michigan’s Blueprint for America [National Review Online]
The 2010 Census: New Demographics, New Approach [Ad Age]
Republican 2012 Convention Short List: Tampa, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Houston [The Electoral [...]

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Swing State Turkey

From the Almanac of American Politics, whose Twitter account and Facebook page I’m running (join!):
President Obama will pardon a turkey from Princeton, NC, which is in the 2nd congressional district, which is represented by Bob Etheridge, who was born in Turkey, NC!

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North Carolina GOP Hemorraging “Starbucks Republicans”

The Raleigh News-Observer has a smart article today about how “‘purity’ may cost the GOP.”
The [North Carolina] Republican Party has historically been far broader than the Helmsian party, with strong ties to the more moderate GOP brand of the mountains, the foothills, the board rooms and the suburbs.  Sometimes the Republican Party forgets that.
Twice in [...]

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My Column in New Geography Today

Loyal TEM readers know that I posted the column “Southern Piedmont: Where NASCAR Meets the NASDAQ” here last week.  Today it goes lives on New Geography – Check it out here, complete with a map, and send around if you can!
Also, as a new media strategist, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t [...]

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Southern Piedmont: Where NASCAR Meets the NASDAQ

When Andrew Jackson roamed the hills of the Carolinas, northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee, it was still frontier, and for generations the southern Piedmont remained economically and culturally isolated.  Today, however, Old Hickory might be surprised to learn what this area has become.
Atlanta, a railroad junction with a few thousand souls before the Civil War, [...]

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Obama Rolling in Wake County, NC

With 54% reporting, Obama is leading 51-49% statewide.  But with 95% reporting, he’s up by 13% points in Wake County (Raleigh). Wake is kind of like North Carolina’s version of Fairfax County — it used to be Republican but is trending blue on account of tens of thousands of new young professionals.
Liddy Dole won [...]

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Obama’s ROI in North Carolina

North Carolina is the state where NASCAR meets the NASDAQ.  The state’s largest city, Charlotte, is the hub of stock car racing but is also the nation’s No. 2 banking center behind New York. These two pillars of cultural and economic conservatism might not appear to present the best backdrop for a Democratic takeaway, but [...]

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Morning Reading – 7 Days to Go

[MAP] New cartograms showing a sea of blue.
[PA-22] Dems in a “downtrodden [town] overlooking the Allegheny River” struggle with voting for Obama. Elsewhere, Clinton stronghold Carbondale has warmed up to him.
[NC-15] Draw a line down the North Carolina map. Obama will win the East; McCain will win the West.
[VA-13] Prince William County will [...]

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